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Midterms are Creative Blackholes

blackholesA black hole sucks anything and everything around it into a black vortex of nothing. That is how my brain feels right now on this article I am writing for my junior comp class. It’s called ‘Fashion through a Filter’ and it’s about how fashion brands benefit from using Instagram to reach out to customers. As a PR person I thought this topic was going to be easy… I was definitely and most unfortunately wrong. I am so glad I am not a magazine major, I would suck at it.

Blogs are one thing, magazines are in a different galaxy. I have had a hard time finding sources and my final draft deadline is due at midnight. So instead of scanning Instagram and Pinterest feeds, I decided to let out my frustration and create a game plan, via High Heels High Hopes.

Step 1: Get coffee. A caramel macchiato to be exact.

Step 2: Start writing this post. Already there, yay progress!

Step 3: Turn on music for inspiration. iTunes ready for takeoff!

Step 4: Make a how to get out of the creative blackhole step-by-step list… already four steps in.

Step 5: Finish this post.

Step 6: Browse Instagram for inspiration, as it is one of the main topics for my article.

Step 7: Force yourself to write.

Step 8: Write until 5:40, then go to 6 p.m. class.

Step 9: Get Chipotle after class.

Step 10: Go home and write your little butt off!

Step 11: Edit starting at 11 p.m.

Step 12: Submit by 11:59 p.m.

Step 13: Get Caffeine and write Op Ed piece for other class.

Step 14: Finish Op Ed and study for German midterm.

Step 15: Go to bed by 4 a.m. and set 6 alarms.

My night is going to be awesome! I’ll post about the aftermath repercussions later, but hopefully I make my deadline and get some sleep. Midterms are a creative black hole because there are so many writing assignments due in one week, and you only have so much creative brain power per hour. I can sleep when I’m dead… Right?

Wish me luck!

x KMSH

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Procrastination at its finest

photo 5“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” -Abraham Lincoln

I am dedicating this post to procrastination. I haven’t blogged in over a week because I procrastinated. I thought about all of these great posts and what I was going to write and then I just said “I’ll do it later.” I also started this post at 11 a.m. this morning, it is now 11:30 p.m. Blogging is NOT and I repeat NOT always a full time job, but it is a part-time one. Since being home I have found the inspiration to write but I haven’t had my laptop nearby, so I forget everything I thought of. Now I am getting to the point where I need to sit down in Starbucks and write. For some odd reason I always find inspiration at Starbucks (no I’m not a hipster). So I bet you’re wondering how can you get rid of procrastination? Well you can never really get rid of it but you can fight it, here’s how:

#1: Sit yourself down and write. Do not get up from that spot until you have what you want. Even if the blog post is terrible the first time, it doesn’t matter. It will come to you and you can always edit (you should always edit). If you need an inspiring place to sit, check out Starbucks. Maybe it’s the aroma of coffee but it works for me.

#2: Pick the right time of day to blog. I find the best time for me is late at night. Like many writers/bloggers I know, nighttime is when all of the words just come together. Maybe it’s the self-relfection on your day or you are a night owl like myself. In the end, everything sounds better after a long day.

#3: Don’t give up. If the words aren’t coming to you just wait and look around. If you are in a coffee shop or sitting outside while typing, look at your surroundings and maybe you’ll find what you’ve been looking for. Blogging is a part-time job technically but finding the inspiration for it is most definitely the 24/7, all day/all night ordeal.

#4 Procrastinate. You heard me. If you are going to find what you are looking for, mess around. Get up, go outside, watch TV, read a book, anything! Do something that takes your mind off of the blog and when you eventually sit back down the words will come right to you. Like me right now.

I hope these tips were all helpful. If you ever get in a blogging rut like this high-heeled girl was for the past week or so, don’t fret. It’ll end… eventually.

x KMSH